The monarch appeared in excellent spirits as he arrived at Westminster Hall this afternoon. King Charles received a royal welcome, as he was met at the North Door by Lord Carrington, the Lord Great Chamberlain, and Sarah Clarke, the Lady Usher of the Black Rod. After he headed inside Westminster Hall, the sovereign was presented to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle and the Lord Speaker, Lord McFall of Alcluith.
The poignant meeting was marked by the national anthem, after which King Charles got to meet Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, among other dignitaries.
The monarch later joined a reception during which he had the chance to meet groups of representatives from both houses.
This gave King Charles the possiblity to hear about shared parliamentary interests, including agriculture, business and communities.
Queen Camilla, who will be crowned next to the sovereign at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, joined her husband later in the afternoon to take part in the reception at the Palace of Westminster.
During the event, the Queen Consort had the opportunity to meet parliamentarians with interests close to Her Majesty’s heart, including literacy, domestic violence and osteoporosis.
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